What To Serve At A BBQ Graduation Party

Graduation season is here! Whether you’re looking for a graduation party idea or just want to celebrate your own grads, we’ve got you covered.

With all the traditional summertime barbecues happening, we wanted to share some ideas on what foods are perfect for any kind of outdoor party. We think these dishes will make your graduation celebration even more special.

BBQ Pulled Pork

The next step is to get your pork ready. The most popular way to cook the pork is in a slow cooker, which takes about 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. You can also cook it in an oven for approximately 3-4 hours at 350 degrees F.

Simply place the pork butt or shoulder in the slow cooker, then cover with BBQ sauce and let it simmer until tender. For even more flavor, you can baste with additional sauce every 30 minutes or so during cooking. When done, remove from heat and allow meat to cool slightly before shredding or pulling it apart (a fork works well).


Now that we’ve covered the basics of how to make lemonade and its various forms, let’s look at some ways you can use it at your graduation party. Lemonade is a great treat for guests because it’s refreshing and sweet without being too heavy or filling. You can serve it in a pitcher or glass pitcher as well as in plastic cups if you’re worried about spills happening on the way back from the table to the kitchen. Lemonade can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving it so you’ll want to make sure not to forget about it!

Potato Salad

You can’t have a party without potato salad. No, really: potatoes are one of the staples of BBQ graduation parties, but not everyone knows how to make it right. If you’re feeling uncertain about your potato salad game and want to make sure that yours is the best on the block, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Include a link to a recipe
  • Make sure it’s cold enough—don’t let it sit out too long before serving!
  • Use red skin potatoes; they’re more flavorful than russets or Yukon golds.
  • Add some fresh herbs like parsley or dill for an extra kick of flavor!


As a party-goer, you may not be a big fan of mayonnaise. If this is the case, consider serving a slaw. It can be prepared with a variety of foods and will go well with just about any type of meat or veggie platter.

For this recipe, we’ll be using green cabbage as our base ingredient, but feel free to experiment with other kinds if you wish! For example, red cabbage has its own unique taste that could make your dish stand out from standard fare at similar events.

The main thing to keep in mind is that when preparing your slaw for guests (or even yourself), it’s important not to use too much vinegar because this can become overpowering once ingested by human taste buds. This means that some people might want more while others might not want as much; therefore it’s important for us all here today so that everyone stays happy during their time spent together under one roof today celebrating graduation day–which is basically what we’re doing right now anyway so let’s just get on with it!

Grilled Veggies

Grilled veggies make a great side dish to any BBQ graduation party. They’re easy to prepare and they can be served hot or cold, so you can make them ahead of time if needed. A simple marinade will keep the veggies moist while they cook and add a tasty flavor boost. Try grilling asparagus, squash, peppers, mushrooms, onions—or whatever other vegetables you have on hand! For some added crunch (and color!), sprinkle with breadcrumbs just before serving.

For a slightly lighter option that pairs well with grilled meats and fish: serve your grilled veggies over salads made from greens such as romaine lettuce or spinach leaves dressed in lemon juice and olive oil.

Brownies and Cookies

Brownies and cookies are a classic dessert choice. They’re easy to make, delicious, and perfect for any occasion. Brownies can be made in so many different ways—with chocolate chips, nuts or both! Cookies are also a great dessert because they come in all sorts of flavors—chocolate chip mint is my favorite! Cookies are also a fantastic treat that you can bring to any party because they’re small enough not to take up much room in your bag but big enough that everyone will want one!

You can have a delicious bbq graduation party with these simple and hearty dishes.

Graduation season is here and you can have a delicious bbq graduation party with these simple and hearty dishes.


Now that you’ve read this guide and learned the ins-and-outs of BBQ graduation party planning, it’s time to throw your own party! Whether you’re celebrating a high school or college degree, graduates deserve a celebration and it’s always fun to enjoy some summertime weather with family and friends.

To recap, here’s what you should serve at your BBQ graduation party:

  • Chips & Dips: You can never have enough chips and dip! Offer up guacamole, salsa verde (or whatever other dip of choice), store bought or homemade potato salad, etc. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just make sure there are plenty of choices so people don’t get bored eating one thing over and over again. If they start asking for something specific (like tortilla chips instead of pita chips) then give them what they want—you don’t want anyone walking away hungry!
  • Grilled Chicken Skewers: Grilling chicken skewers is easy enough for any level BBQ cook but will delight guests who love their protein grilled on sticks! For an added bonus try adding fresh herbs like rosemary into the marinade before grilling so guests taste their favorite summer flavors in every bite.


  • How much food should I serve per person?
  • The general rule of thumb is to plan on 2-3 ounces of meat per adult, with a half ounce per child. But it’s always good to have some extra food on hand, since you never know how many guests will show up (or how hungry they’ll be).
  • What fruit should I serve?
  • Fruit is a good option if you’re worried about having enough vegetables to go around; it’s also a healthy choice for your guests. You might want to offer up any kind of fruit that’s in season in your area—you could even get creative and use seasonal produce as part of an attractive display!
  • What type of meat do I need?
  • The most common types are beef roast, chicken breast or thighs (boneless), fish fillets/steaks/fillet portions, game animals like deer or elk cuts from wild game butchered by butcher shops or specialty stores (but not from grocery stores), lamb chops (bone-in). If you’re serving beef roast: plan on 1 pound per person if larger pieces such as prime rib roasts are served; 3 ounces uncooked weight yields approximately 1/2 pound cooked weight so figure roughly ½ lb uncooked = ¼ lb cooked portions which equals ½ oz servings each.

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